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English Literature

ability to think critically, analytically, independently and creatively

The study of English Literature develops a rich range of skills 

GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Students will read and respond to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Source materials will include newspaper articles, short stories, extracts from literary novels and travel writing from modern pieces to pre 19th Century texts.

A Level English Literature is highly regarded by all universities as a rigorous, traditional academic subject.

ALEVEL

Examination Board: AQA

It sits exceptionally well with other “arts” subjects like History and Modern Languages; complements creative subjects like  Drama, Art and Music and also offers a valuable balance and contrast for scientists.
There are four units to complete over two years providing students with an opportunity to read widely, write creatively and to study a particular period in depth. It also allows the study of more contemporary texts whilst developing skills of analysis and criticism.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A Level English Literature is highly regarded by all universities as a rigorous, traditional academic subject. A respectable grade demonstrates your ability to think critically, analytically, independently and creatively. The study of English Literature develops a rich range of skills which are valued by both employers and university admissions tutors. In particular the subject will develop communication skills (both written and oral), skills of debate and argument, analytical skills and the skills of close reading. In addition pupils are encouraged to be independent thinkers and learners and their research skills will also be developed.

Pupils’ interest in careers such as Law, Journalism, Teaching, Management and Marketing would all benefit from the skills developed by English. However, beyond these careers, English remains one of the most respected and valuable subjects at A Level. A high grade in English Literature will open a great many doors.

English remains one of the most respected and valuable subjects at A Level. A high grade in English Literature will open a great many doors

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